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Flyers' Shayne Gostisbehere breaks NHL rookie record with goal

Sunday, February 14, 2016 11:51:34 AM America/Los_Angeles

The Philadelphia Flyers have had a difficult time developing defensemen over the years.

They always seem to produce a number of high quality forwards (Mike Richards, Jeff Carter, Claude Giroux were all drafted by the team, while they also traded for guys like Jakub Voracek and Wayne Simmonds) but young, top-pairing defenders haven't really come through the system in quite some time.

That is changing with the development of defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere.

He is in the middle of a fantastic rookie season for the Flyers, and on Saturday afternoon he broke an NHL rookie record when he scored a game-tying goal in the third period of their 2-1 loss overtime loss to the New Jersey Devils.

That goal extended his current point streak to 11 consecutive games, setting a new record for rookie defensemen.

Before Gostisbehere's current run, the longest such streak belonged to Barry Beck, a member of the Colorado Rockies during the 1977-78 season.

Gostisbehere is fifth in the NHL rookie scoring race (trailing Panarin, Larkin, Eichel and Domi) and leads all rookie defensemen. St. Louis Blues defenseman Colton Parayko is second among rookie defensemen in scoring with 22 points. Parayko has played in 18 more games than Gostisbehere.

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